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Tourism Ministry remains positive as visa restrictions eased

With the easing of some visa restrictions to attract more Western tourists to take effect on October 2019, Myanmar expects to receive more visitors this year, a senior official said. Aung Aye Han, deputy director general at the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, said the authorities see a bright outlook for Myanmar’s tourism industry thanks […]

Govt counting on Asian travellers to boost tourism

Myanmar’s tourism sector has borne the brunt of the Rakhine refugee crisis, with growth in tourist arrivals dropping to 1 percent in 2018 compared with 7.1pc in 2017, according to the World Bank. The number of western tourist arrivals fell the most, more than offsetting arrivals from Asia. The numbers reflect reports of booking and […]

First flight from Italy to Myanmar arrives tomorrow

An air link between Italy and Myanmar will be established starting tomorrow. Milan-based Neos Spa, an Italian leisure airline, will begin flying the route with a chartered Boeing 767 every Wednesday. The flight will stop over in Phu Quoc, Vietnam before landing at Yangon International Airport. Neos will be the first airline to fly from […]

Govt expects more Japanese visitors after visa exemptions

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism expects to attract over 200,000 Japanese visitors to Myanmar following the government’s decision to provide visa exemptions to Japanese tourists, Minister U Ohn Maung said on Saturday. Also, the ministry appointed Japanese actor Morisaku Win as the country’s “tourism promotion brand ambassador” on Saturday in a bid to attract […]

Fixing the tourism industry

The govt wants to lure tourists back to Myanmar. Will its efforts work? The Myanmar tourism industry has suffered from a big drop in tourists due to the unfolding refugee crisis in northern Rakhine. With the number of visitors from the US and Europe declining sharply over the past year, some tour companies and hoteliers […]

Myanmar grants free visa allowances to Asian visitors

Myanmar will grant free visa allowances to Chinese, South Korean and Japanese nationals from August 1 onwards in a bid to promote eco-tourism, according to U Ohn Maung, Minister of Hotel and Tourism, during an economic seminar organised last week by the Thai embassy in Yangon and the Thai Business Association in Myanmar. The developments […]

Why new heritage hotels in Yangon, Myanmar, are banking on Asian tourists – not Westerners – to survive

21 Jun 2018 Next month the 74-room Yangon Excelsior – a renovation of the British colonial-era Steel Brothers company headquarters on Bo Sun Pat Street, Yangon – will welcome its first visitors. In December, or thereabouts, the stunning Rosewood Yangon – a makeover of the New Law Courts building on Strand Road, completed in 1931 […]

Myanmar’s eco-resorts open up Asia’s new tourism frontier

KAWTHAUNG, Myanmar — A few hours boat ride from the port of Kawthaung, a school of dolphins nudged up to our 30-meter wooden junk. As the captain cut the engine, their silver backs heaved in and out of view; all else was still. Behind us, the Tanintharyi coastline — Myanmar’s skinny southern tail, fringing the […]

On the road to tourism success

Ken Leong is a pragmatist who would not waste time on something unless he can make substantive enough contributions and gain from it. But there’s always something that fascinates him about Myanmar – the resilience and friendliness of its people and their unique charming cultures, as well as the refreshing natural topography despite being in […]